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7 Tips for making your next music festival experience kick-a**

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Music Fest Survival 101: Be cool and go with the flow

Festival season is upon us. (Isn't it always?) But, the sun seems to inch closer and closer to the earth and more and more people are falling in love with your favorite band. It's all a bit maddening, right? Don't let the sun, smell or your own OCD keep you from having an awesome time, though. Just keep a few tips in mind.

1. Bring deodorant... and a bandana

The only thing worse than feeling like you stink is knowing you don't stink, but that everyone else around you needs a serious shower. You could forgo the B.O.-killer and embrace the crunch, but then you're just contributing to the problem. So, wear your deodorant, people. But, bring a nice smelling bandana along to tie over your nose and mouth if you find yourself in a particularly pungent pit.

2. Don't leave home without your own toilet paper

Porta-potties are the worst. The worst! And, when you're at a music festival, there's just no escaping those small, blue boxes. Make them a little less intimidating by bringing along your own T.P. so you don't have to reach into the great unknown that is... the toilet paper dispenser.

3. Break your plans

Stop being so anal retentive about your schedule, guys. Rushing from this stage to that tent will leave you in an overheated, undernourished panic. You know the bands you love most. Keep those set times handy, but try to keep at least a third of your visit unplanned. For serious. If it weren't for our downtime, we would've never discovered Ben Howard that one time.

4. Let go of your insecurities

Ever notice we're usually hardest on the people we deem prettier or more confident than us? Nothing gets a girl's goat than a girl who owns her cleavage or her paleness. Ditching your own self-hate will accomplish two things. (1) You'll feel more comfortable wearing those shorts and that tank top, so you'll stay way cooler. (2) You'll spend less time dwelling on "that skank" and her wardrobe and more time enjoying the band.

5. Hydrate, b****es!

Things that are not hydrating:

  • Super sweet snow cones
  • Jäger
  • Beer
  • Other alcohol
  • Fruity drinks
  • Smoothies (though, these are great on-the-go ways to get nutrients into your system)
  • Soda

Things that are:

  • Water

See what we're saying?

6. Remember the 3 S's: Sanitizer, sunscreen and safe sex

We're lumping these together between we know that after day one you're going to be too tired and hungover to remember them separately. Perhaps if we cluster them, you're most likely to toss each in your bag. Sanitizer is key for things like the aforementioned porta-potty seats (and your hands once you leave) or before chowing down on that grass-fed carnitas taco. Sunscreen is vital for your comfort and your future health. We know "bronze is beautiful," but trust us: skin cancer is not. Lather that stuff on all day. And, seriously, sweetie, toss some condoms in that bag. Worst-case scenario, you blow them up and toss them into the crowd during the final show. Best case: You're prepared when that super hot mystery dude says he "forgot."

Got it, girls? Festivals are a blast. You just need to make sure you prepare for the stuff you can prepare for and let any unexpected instances roll off your back. Keeping nourished, semi-clean and comfortable will help ensure you'll have fun... no matter how bad that first band is.

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